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Newberry College000400200685
Mars Hill College02002300X7121
Win: Chris Flynn (1-2) 8.076517
Loss: Stuart Kay (3-5) 5.086624
Travis Moore (NEW) 413301
Chris O'Connor (MHC) 503200
Jeff Mayo (MHC) 423100
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Newberry College0000000040
Mars Hill College100000X191
Win: Chris Merchant (3-7) 7.040026
Loss: Joel Crisp (5-2) 6.091103
Dean Walker (NEW) 302000
Joe Castagner (MHC) 302000
John Quail (MHC) 302000
Lane Strobel (MHC) 302000

Mars Hill sweeps Newberry baseball
Saturday, April 17, 2004

MARS HILL, N.C. � The Lions (5-15/15-34) won a South Atlantic Conference (SAC) double-header against the visiting Indians of Newberry College (5-15/20-29) this afternoon at Henderson Field.  Mars Hill won the first game 7-6 and then won the nightcap 1-0.

Ga.ME 1: MHC 7, Newberry 6
Mars Hill plated three runs in the sixth inning to take a 7-4 lead and held on for a 7-6 victory to snap a four game losing streak.  Matt Reed (Tampa, Fla.) belted his sixteenth homerun of the game in the fifth inning to set a new single season homerun record.  Justin Mahon who hit 15 homeruns in 2003 held the old record.  He also set a new mark for the most RBI in a single season.  His homerun gave him 49 RBI.  The old record of 48 was also held by Mahon back in 2002.

The Lions took a 2-0 lead in the second inning after Jeff Mayo (Enfield, Conn.) singled to score Joe Castagner (Bushnell, Fla.) and Chris O�Connor (Morovia, Md.) later doubled to drive in Mayo.  Newberry then took a 4-2 lead in the fourth inning highlighted by a three-run homerun by Travis Moore (Blythewood, S.C.).

The Lions tied the game in the fifth inning on back-to-back solo homeruns by John Quail (Boonsboro, Md.) and Reed.  In the sixth inning, Mayo led the inning off with a double and later scored on a single by Chris Lambert (Brevard, N.C.).  O�Connor then singled to score Lambert before Quail scored Chris Argano (Marietta, Ga.) on a fielder�s choice for what would later prove to be the game winner.

Gilmore Stevens (Edgefield, S.C.) tripled to in the sixth inning to drive in Matthew Webb (Cheraw, S.C.) and Ryan Easterby (Charleston, S.C.) but that was all the offense Newberry could muster.  Chris Merchant (Front Royal, Va.) came in to pitch the seventh inning for the Lions and set the Indians down in order.

O�Connor and Mayo led the Lions at the plate with three hits apiece.  O�Connor had two RBI while Mayo had one RBI and two runs scored.  Both players also hit doubles in the game.  Chris Flynn (Stephens City, Va.) won the game (1-2) on the mound for MHC pitching eight complete innings scattering seven hits and striking out seven.  Merchant threw the ninth inning to pick up his fifth save on the year.

Moore led Newberry at the plate going 3-for-4 with a three-run homerun.  Dean Walker (Afton, TN) followed with two hits in four at-bats and a run scored.  Stuart Kay (Greer, S.C.) took the loss (3-5) on the mound for the Indians pitching five innings.

Ga.ME 2: MHC 1, Newberry 0
O�Connor hit a leadoff double down the left field line and later scored on a fielder�s choice by Quail in the first inning of play and that ended up being the only run scored in the game.  Thanks to a great pitching performance by Merchant, the Lions held Newberry at bay the remainder of the game to win game two by a score of 1-0.

Merchant (3-7) threw extremely well, especially after pitching the final inning in game one to pick up the save in that contest.  He allowed just four hits while striking out six Indians batters in the complete game win.  Castagner, Quail, and Lane Strobel (Walkersville, Md.) each recorded two hits in the victory.  Quail and O�Connor each hit doubles in the contest.

Walker led the Indians, going 2-for-3 at the plate.  Joel Crisp (Summerville, S.C.), who also threw very well in the contest, took the loss on the mound for Newberry.  He allowed just a single run in six innings of work.

The teams will meet tomorrow to decide who will finish in seventh place in the league.  Game time is slated for a 1:00 p.m. start.